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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

2016 Season Wrap Up

This season has been one for the record books! The Hornets had a lot of ups and downs through the season, but persevered through it all together and became a family.

DSU lead the MEAC in most offensive categories such as batting average (.331), slugging percentage (.484), runs scored (286), hits (405), RBI (251), doubles (73), home runs (33) and total bases (591).  Pitching wise, the Hornets rank first in the conference in lowest ERA (3.56), hits allowed (305), runs allowed (186), earned runs allowed (135) and homers allowed (21). The Hornets tied a program best 14 game winning streak set last year and finished (10-1) at home. 

Nicole Gazzola finished her career on a high note earning a spot on the NFCA Second Team Mid- Atlantic Team for the second time in her career. Gazzola set new DSU single-season marks for most hits (89) and runs (63).  Her hits and runs totals also led the MEAC, in addition to tallying a conference-best 37 stolen bases.  Nationally, Gazzola finished with the second highest batting average (.497), whereas her runs and stolen bases per game averages ranked fourth (1.31) and 10th (0.77), respectively. Nicole also received an All-MEAC section for the 4th time in her career. She also became the program leader in hits (292), runs (196) and at bats (667), along with becoming only the second player in Hornet history to eclipse the century mark in stolen bases (101).

Sandy Hawthorne also found herself in the record books this season. She is now the program single season leader in RBI's (65) a record that has held since 2005. On April 6, she became DSU's all-time leader in doubles. She also earned a spot on the All-MEAC 1st team.

Tara Tursellino posted a perfect MEAC record during the regular season to be 8-0. She became the 4th pitcher in program history to amass 300- career strikeouts. Tursellino was also name to the MEAC All-2nd Team.

Chloe Oro lead the NCAA with 0 Strikeouts on the year. Oro also earned All-MEAC 2 Team honors.

 Vanessa Washington earned All-MEAC 2nd Team honors, while Rochelle Sablay earned a spot on the All-MEAC 3rd team.

Nicole Brock (12-5), lead the MEAC in lowest ERA (2.31), along with ranking second in wins (12).  Brock also has allowed the third fewest earned runs (37) in the conference, highlighted by surrendering just seven in MEAC action.  Her conference dominance also included a 0.92 ERA with a 7-1 record. She earned a MEAC Pitcher of the week honor.

Second year Head Coach Amber Jackson earned MEAC Coach of the Year. Jackson lead the Hornets to the highest number of wins in the conference and finished 5 games ahead of second place Norfolk State.

The Hornets finished the season by placing 3rd in the MEAC Tournament in Ormond Beach, Florida. Despite falling short of the ultimate goal, we are very proud of these ladies and are excited for what the next season holds.

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